Brewing a Better Cup of Coffee

By Leslie Lopez Holder

Whether you’re a simple fan or a self-proclaimed home barista, these books will get you closer to understanding and mastering your perfect cup of coffee.

  • World Atlas of Coffee

    by Hoffmann, J

    James Hoffman won the World Barista Championship in 2007 and since then has been imparting his coffee knowledge to all. I have lost countless hours watching his videos on the coffee industry, equipment reviews, and tips for brewing methods. This book boils down some of the introductory information commonly included in coffee books, and has an expansive coffee origins section that not many others do.

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  • Coffee Talk: The Stimulating Story of the World's Most Popular Brew

    2011 by Satin, Morton

    Compelling elements such as trivia, how to make better coffee at home, and the effect of caffeine make this a book to keep on hand. But as Library Journal recommends, this love letter to coffee should not be “read straight through but perused over a cup of coffee.”

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  • Coffee Obsession

    2014 by Moldvaer, Anette

    You got that espresso machine you’ve been wanting for Christmas. Now what? This book gives a useful overview of roasting, grinding, and extracting your coffee, but what makes it special are all the unique recipes it offers.

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  • I Love Coffee! Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks

    2007 by Zimmer, Susan M.

    Most of the recipes in this book skew toward espresso and stove-top equipment, but if you want to take your coffee making to the next level (i.e., latte art and flavoring syrups), then this is the book for you!

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  • Craft Coffee: A Manual

    2017 by Easto, Jessica

    Written by a coffee enthusiast for coffee enthusiasts, this is a practical and thorough guide for those who want to level up their coffee game, from choosing a brewing method to understanding flavors and where they come from to extraction tips.

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  • Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World

    2019 by Pendergrast, Mark

    While it could be considered very US-centric, this book does give a comprehensive overview of the complex history of coffee from a historical, political, economic, and social perspective.

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  • The Triumph: Black Brazilians in Coffee

    by Johnson, Phyllis

    We can easily get caught up in the coffee-making experience without considering the long and nuanced journey it takes before it gets to your favorite mug. This book offers insight into the lack of inclusivity in the coffee industry, while highlighting two farming families in Brazil coming to terms with legacy and opportunity in the 21st century.

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  • The Coffee Dictionary

    2017 by Colonna-Dashwood, Maxwell

    How does altitude affect coffee growing? What’s the difference between Arabica and Robusta coffee? A naked shot isn’t what it sounds like, right? This is an incredibly helpful guide to finally understanding many of the terms and concepts that are thrown around in coffee circles.

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  • Baristas


    The World Barista Champion showcases some of the most innovative ideas leading the coffee industry. As you refine your coffee skills, it’s interesting to understand how baristas gather inspiration and overcome last-minute issues.

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